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#1 Ron W

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:04 PM

I went out this morning to photograph the eagles. While there, I watched these sandhill cranes going through their mating ritual of picking up small sticks and tossing them into the air, after which they both vaulted into the air and pounced on the stick. In this image you can see an air plant that they've tossed into the air. I have some shots of them tossing a small stick into the air, I'll post them later on this thread.

 

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:09 PM

Nice capture Ron.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 05:31 PM

Well done Ron!!!

 

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:58 PM

Nice shot Ron! Looking forward to the other shots you took af them. Jeff
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:01 PM

Here's a shot of one of them mid-jump, hovering over something that the other one tossed into the air. It can be seen under the airborne bird, on the water's edge. I'm not sure what the object was, but it was pretty light weight, I suspect that it was an airplane mixed with moss.Pretty impressive jump huh?

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:17 PM

Nice shots, Ron.  :)


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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:53 PM

Playing with sticks.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:54 PM

In a swoon.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 08:56 PM

Doing the stomp on the thing they were playing with in earlier shot.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:42 AM

Nice shots Ron! One of them was getting some good air time! Jeff
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